Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter. On the other hand, being born into this country, Jing-mei is against wanting to live up to the expectations her mother sets on her. Two kinds reveal two different sides of the cultural spectrum, and their opposing view towards their values. Jing-mei 's mother felt like an outcast existing in a dominate population. Grasping the same idea, she held onto her hard time back in her home.
“Two Kinds” a short story out of Amy Tan’s book “The Joy Luck Club” is a representation of the pressures immigrant children face from their parents. In the story, we follow a young girl named Jing-Mei as she embarks down the road to becoming a Prodigy. Her mother believed that “you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (Tan). For Jing-Mei that meant her mother believed she could become instantly famous. “Of course, you can be a prodigy, too”, her mother told her (Tan).
Despite both sisters living in America, only Bharati is an American citizen, while her sister Mira is not. Bharati argues the two ways to belong in America are to transform yourself as an immigrant, or to be an exile. Her sister, Mira, hangs on passionately to her Indian lifestyle and hopes return home to retire. Although their plan was to study for two years in America and then return to India, both sisters unexpectedly married men of their choice. Which kept both sisters in America for an extended period of time.
Immigrants are running away from their unsafe and threatening life and dreaming of finding a better place, but sometimes American rejects those who need it the most. In the story ¨Two ways to belong in America¨, by Bharati Mukherjee she explains how Mira and her sister lives in America and are one step closer to achieving their dream. After loving their American Life, America changes the midstream and the rules about immigrants.With Mira saying, ¨Have we the right to demand¨...expect that we will be equal¨ Mira and her sister were upset on how America started to think of them from a different perspective. Knowing that something you truly believed in having and be crushed in a heartbeat is heartbreaking. Mira 's sister and [her] tried to get over how this could 've possibly happened.
Yolanda travels to her homeland in order to find her cultural and personal identity. Leaving her native country to America at a young age she “…was losing her Spanish…”(Alvarez 1300) and culture that forms her family background and national heritage. For this reason, she approaches situations differently than the rest of her extended family, and there is a gap between their cultural perspectives and her own. This gap leads to a certain distance between her and the other members of the family. Yolanda “…never felt at home in the States…” (Alvarez 1304) and is experiencing the same alienation feelings with her family.
Their internal conflicts with cultural hybridity and their shame at the secrecy of their family, prompts Kingston and Rodriguez to use writing as means of reaching a catharsis. The first lines of Maxine Hong Kingston’s story begin with "You must not tell anyone," my mother said, "what I am about to tell you. In China your father had a sister who killed herself. She jumped into the family well. We say that your father has all brothers because it is as if she had never been born."
She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me" (130). Myrtle on the other hand is having affairs with Tom in order to feel the satisfaction of being in the upper class. Myrtle loved her husband Mr. Wilson when they got married, but she got very disappointed by her husband’s lack of money and the social status that she is suffering in for eleven years. Now she is regretting the day she married with him, her sister Catharine says “She really ought to get away from him.
She is constantly embarrassed to even be seen with her grandmother.One piece of evidence that points to this is,”Right up to the time when we’re supposed to pick up the old lady at the airport, my mother is telling me stories about how hard times were for la familia on la isla, and how la abuela worked night and day to support them after their father died of a heart attack” (Cofer 2). This shows that from the very beginning constancia has no respect for her grandmother and is ashamed of her. She calls her “the old lady” instead of her grandmother. She also does not have much sympathy for her grandmother considering her difficulty at home. Likewise, she continues to treat her grandmother with disrespect.
Her reason for writing this essay was to bring attention to what growing up as foreigner with a different type of name is like in America. She brought many problems forward with how Americans treat foreign names and she made an extremely valid point that all names no matter the ethnicity should be respected equally. This essay is about equality, in the essay she talks about how her and her family has had their names made fun of by Americans, and the only way that she was able to fit in she had to choose an American name. The setting takes place from her early childhood in America and it leads straight into her adult life and how it was difficult for her. The main focus is on the writer itself, she bases all her ideas and feelings
Jing Mei, while portrayed as an obedient child, is only willing to listen to her mother to a certain extent. Throughout the story, it is consistently hinted that Jing Mei would eventually explode against her mother as an attempt to free herself from her mother’s chains. In addition, after the fiasco at the piano recital, she eventually derives further from her mother’s wishes as she “didn 't get straight A...didn 't become class president...didn 't get into Stanford...dropped out of college.” (54). On the flip side, Jing Mei’s mother is a stereotypical Chinese parent who is fully determined to ensure her daughter’s success in a new environment. However, this determination sometimes appears to be obsessive to the point of running her daughter’s life for her.
The issue presented in this selection shows that Gaby Rodriguez is sick and tired of being expected that she will be a mother just like her mother and her older siblings. She was in honor classes and wanted to be the first of her family to go to college, everyone expected her to drop out of high school and not gradate unlike some Latina’s who would oppose the statistics by just doing well in school. She decided to fake her own pregnancy to get reactions and understand the stereotypes and what pregnant teens have to face. 2. Based on the information presented in this selection, do you feel this is an accurate account of the issue?
Delbanco gives the example of a Chinese exchange student in class to show how different education is for different countries with different values. The Chinese exchange student explains the main difference when she says, “Coming from a culture in which a ‘standard answer’ is provided for every question, I did not argue with others even when I disagreed” (Delbanco 222). In China, she was discouraged to question her teachings because China is taught to believe what they are taught to be true, until discovered otherwise. It was a shock for her when she arrived in America and the students are openly questioning their professors. If she had not gone to college in America, then she would not have never openly questioned her teachings.
Just like the daughters in the book, Amy Tan has lost a lot of Chinese culture from her parents, who were born in China, to her and her brothers. The relationship she had with her mother, her mother’s experiences, and her lost Chinese culture are all reasons to why Tan’s life is so connected to the book. Amy Tan and her mother, Daisy Li, have been known to have